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How an inspiring young pilot turned his childhood dream into reality

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Hong Kong’s first homebuilt aircraft, a two-seater single-engine machine, had a successful trial flight on Sunday, bringing the dreams of the project’s founder Hank Cheng to reality. The small RV-8 propeller craft took off from the city’s Chek Lap Kok Airport and circled in the sky for around 15 minutes before making a descent. The aircraft was piloted by Cheng himself, who realized his childhood ambition after years of relentless effort, Sky Post noted.

 

Cheng, who is a captain with Cathay Pacific Airways, began work on the aircraft more than seven years ago. Being an aviation enthusiast since an early age, Cheng secured a flying license in the United States when he was just 18 years old. He majored in aero-science at a university and then returned to Hong Kong, where he won a local flying license and subsequently became a pilot in 2010. Even before he became a pilot, Cheng put together a team to build a small aircraft. After taking courses in the US in 2008 RV airplane assembly, Cheng rented a classroom at St. Paul’s Convent School at Causeway Bay and used it as a workshop. He partnered with more than 500 middle school students and engineers to build the small-size airplane. To bring his dream to reality, Cheng is said to have spent HK$1.5 million, even resorting to some property sale to raise the funds. He has named his airplane “Inspiration”, sending a message to young people that they should keep pursuing their dreams.

Edited by R.E.D

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What an awesome story and congratulation to him for sure! Big accomplishment!

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He truly turn is love of flying into an inspiration. Flying something he built, now that's blood sweat and tears.

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that's a good news to him as he had finally found what he wants to do when he grow up. keep up the good work and continue to learn as he works along.

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